The research of the DNP program is a three-step process. The first step is the development and submission of a protocol for peer review to the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports (JBISRIR). The second step is completing the actual systematic review. This includes an extensive search strategy, critical appraisal, data extraction, and if possible, meta-analysis of the data, and writing of the report. The student completes the systematic review protocol and systematic review with the help of a secondary reviewer and guidance from DNP faculty. Topics chosen for the systematic review process are drawn from the students’ areas of interest.
The third step of the process is the completion of a Scholarly Project. The student will begin working on the Scholarly Project proposal after the submission of the systematic review report to JBI. The student will present the proposal to the faculty and then submit the proposal to IRB. After successful completion of the proposal and approval from IRB, the student will continue working on the Scholarly Project implementation, evaluation, and final report. When ready, the student will defend the scholarly project to complete the requirements of the DNP degree.